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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 7:36 am | Updated: 3:55 pm, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

People complaining about people not paying federal income tax should know the truth ... not the propaganda spewed by some radio personalities. Here are facts courtesy of Forbes Magazine, a Republican Bible. The vast majority of non-income taxpayers fall into three categories:

• 17 percent includes students, people with disabilities or illnesses, the long-term unemployed, and other people with very low taxable incomes. Also included would be people like our soldiers who are exempted from paying income taxes while they are on active duty in a war zone.

• 22 percent of people who did not pay federal income taxes in 2009 are people 65 or older who have modest incomes.

• 61 percent are working people who pay payroll taxes but are not paying income taxes.

William Maslen

Mesa

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